Bradley E. Smith is the founder of Kahala Capital Advisors LLC, a private investment firm, and of Kahala Aviation Ltd. a commercial aircraft leasing company. Prior to Kahala Capital, Mr. Smith worked for almost 20 years in banking in New York and Asia. He was employed from 1995-2000 at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. where he started that company’s credit derivatives businesses in New York; and later as a Senior Managing Director, based in Tokyo managing the firm’s fixed income and derivative businesses.
Before Bear Stearns, Mr. Smith spent 10 years with Bankers Trust Company as a syndicate manager in BT’s loan syndications group, where he was responsible for the syndication of some of the largest leveraged loan financings ever completed. Afterwards, he transferred to Tokyo and Hong Kong, where he was involved in BT’s credit trading businesses in Asia.
In his last position at Bankers Trust, Mr. Smith was one of the founders of that bank’s credit derivatives business. He is currently on the board of Tricadia Credit Strategies, Ltd.
Mr. Smith holds a B.A. from St. Joseph’s University and an M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management.